HMHCE - Contributors

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CONTRIBUTORS

  • Each paper should begin with an abstract not exceeding 200 words. The abstract should summarise the research framework, methodology and major claims or conclusions of the article.
  • No information that identifies the author should be included in the manuscript. Use 'author' when referring to the author's own published work.
  • A separate title page should be provided with the following information: title, the author's name, affiliation, address, email address and both a daytime and an evening telephone number.
  • Works referred to should be separately listed as References at the end of the article.
  • Articles should be double-spaced throughout (including abstracts, reference lists, and materials in tables) with generous margins on all sides. Contributors should use 12-point, Times New Roman Font in their manuscript.
  • Titles should be concise and adequately informative of the content of the article.
  • Pages should be numbered consecutively.
  • Sections should be headed with a sub-title.
  • All tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript after a list of references. In the manuscript, where the table or figure is needed, please use [INSERT TABLE (e.g., 1) ABOUT HERE] or [INSERT FIGURE (e.g., 1) ABOUT HERE].
  • Footnotes or endnotes should be avoided.
  • Manuscripts with the following characteristics are likely to be accepted: articles which (1) strengthen the relationship between theory and practice; (2) demonstrate sound scholarship and research design with suitable interpretations of findings with reference to the theoretical framework; (3) offer insightful discussion and interpretation; and (4) have important implications for the field of Human Movement, Health, and/or Coach Education.

EVALUATION GUIDELINES

Manuscript Evaluation Processes

Stage 1: In-house Evaluation
The Editor and the Associate Editors will initially review a submitted manuscript using the criteria listed below before deciding to send the manuscript out to appropriate reviewers. The aims of this evaluation are:

  • to screen manuscripts that are not suitable for the journal;
  • to make sure that the manuscript is accessible to the readership of the journal;
  • to identify problems that may negatively influence the reviewers' decision on the manuscript's acceptance.

Stage 2: Two Blind Reviews
The manuscript will then be sent out to two reviewers for blind review. The following criteria are used by the reviewers to access the suitability of a manuscript.

  1. Suitability for the University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health, and Coach Education audience.
  2. Relevance of issue addressed:
    • The manuscript contributes to bridging the gap between theory and practice: Practical articles must be anchored in theory, and theoretical articles and reports of research must contain a discussion of implications and/or applications for practice.
    • The manuscript makes a significant (practical, useful, or plausible) contribution to the field.
  3. Review of published research:
    • The manuscript reflects sound scholarship, with appropriate, correctly interpreted references to other authors and works.
  4. Methodology, design, or approach:
    • The methodology, design, or approach selected is appropriate and properly carried out. The analytic procedures and organisation of data are accurate and accessible to the general readership.
  5. Discussion and Conclusion:
    • The manuscript offers a new, original insight or interpretation to the field of Human Movement, Health, and/or Coach Education.
  6. Quality of writing:
    • The manuscript is well written and organised and is likely to arouse and engage the readers' interest.
  7. Overall evaluation of manuscript:
    • The overall quality, including all of the points mentioned above, and the reviewer's general assessment of the manuscript.

Stage 3: Decision Making
The Editors will make a decision on the manuscript on the basis of the reviewers' recommendations. The following are the main types of decisions and recommendations:

  • Accept as is.
  • Accept subject to minor revisions. The rewritten manuscript will be evaluated by the Editor. Itemised changes are requested with the rewritten manuscript. The Editor will send another letter to inform/confirm whether the manuscript is accepted as is or if further work on the manuscript is needed.
  • Accept subject to major revisions. The rewritten manuscript will be evaluated by the Editor. Itemised changes are requested with the rewritten manuscript. The Editor will send another letter to inform/confirm whether the manuscript is accepted as is or if further work on the manuscript is needed.
  • Revise and resubmit. A rewritten manuscript is reviewed a second time by one original reviewer and one new reviewer. Itemised changes are requested with the rewritten manuscript.
  • Reject. Reasons will be given to the author/s for this decision.

Submission of manuscripts

Contributors should submit an electronic copy of their manuscript in a Microsoft Word format (via email attachment) to:

Donna O'Connor and Wayne Cotton, Editors
University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health, and Coach Education
Faculty of Education and Social Work
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006, Australia
Ph: (+61 2) 9351 6278
Email:

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